Melbourne men accused of plotting violent Jihad
By Norrie Ross
- 12 men stand accused of terrorism offences
- Alleged gang leader 'talked of killing 1000'
- Gang 'had permission to kill women, children'
THE leader of an alleged home-grown Muslim terrorist group talked of an attack that would kill 1000 people, a Melbourne terror trial heard today.
Abdul Nacer Benbrika, 47, said that in order to make the Government withdraw Australian troops from Iraq a large-scale operation was needed.
Prosecutor Richard Maidment SC said that Mr Benbrika, in conversation with another member of the terror group, said an attack was needed that "would make the Government sit up and take notice".
"They were intending something big," Mr Maidment told the jury in his opening statement.
"To cause maximum damage. To cause the death of a thousand.... by use of a bomb."
The group of Melbourne men bent on violent Jihad planned terrorist attacks on football games or train stations to maximise deaths, the jury was told.
Women and children
And the director and leader of the alleged terrorist group in Melbourne gave them permission to kill women, children and the elderly, the court heard.
The prosecutor said that according to Mr Benbrika Australia was a country at war and used the term 'Kuffur' to describe infidels who did not believe in violent Jihad.
Mr Maidment said that Mr Benbrika believed that it was permissable in pursuit of violent Jihad to kill and steal from the Kuffur.
"Their blood and money is fair game," Mr Maidment said.
In his opening of the Crown case against 12 men accused of a number of terrorist offences, Mr Maidment said the group was prepared to launch an attack overseas but Australia was the preferred target.
Abdul Nacer Benbrika and men face terrorism-related charges
A GROUP that was exclusively Muslim and male was set up in Melbourne to carry out a violent jihad, a Victorian court has been told.
The opening day of the Supreme Court trial of 12 men accused of being members of a terrorist organisation has been told that the group was instructed that killing women and children was permissible.
Crown prosecutor Richard Maidment SC told the court that Abdul Nacer Benbrika, 47, of Dallas in Melbourne's north, was the group leader.
"The organisation was exclusively male and exclusively Muslim," Mr Maidment told the court.
"Benbrika was its director and the leader of that group."
Mr Maidment said Benbrika had suggested during taped telephone calls with another man that a bombing attack where the maximum loss of life could be inflicted, such as at football ground, was a suitable suggestion.
He said that Benbrika taught the group that it was "permissible to kill women, children and the aged".
Fadal Sayadi, 27, of Coburg, Ahmed Raad, 24, of Fawkner, Aimen Joud, 22, of Hoppers Crossing, Abdullah Merhi, 22, of Fawkner, Amer Haddara, 27, of Yarraville, Shane Kent, 30, of Meadow Heights, Majed Raad, 23, of Coburg, Hany Taha, 32, of Hadfield, Shoue Hammoud, 27, of Hadfield, Bassam Raad, 25 of Brunswick, and Ezzit Raad, 25 of Preston are all facing various terrorism-related charges.
Ohhhh lookie no Christians or Jews represented in that bunch...
I wonder why not?!?
Could it be that VIOLENT KILLING, RAPING, ROBBING, ETC. OF INFIDELS IS PERMITTED IN THE QUR'AN, THE SIRA & THE HADITHS?!?
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, COULD IT BE?!?!?!?!?!?!
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